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Baby Swimming Lessons Make Splash in Oklahoma

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By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A nationwide trend of teaching babies to swim has made its way to Oklahoma.

Drowning kills more kids between the ages one and four-years-old than any other injury in our state, which is prompting parents to enroll their tikes in the class.

Instructors from Infant Swimming Resource show kids how to roll on their backs and float. Older children can turn back over and swim to safety.

"I know that it's just something that he has to do to be safe," parent Christa Murphy said. "I look at the bigger picture when he's in the water and I see it's for his better good to do it."

Nearly 180,000 babies have gone through the six week class.

"We've never had a former student drown," said founder of Infant Swimming Resource, Harvey Barnett. "We have 788 children that have used their skills to save themselves."

Currently, there are four instructors in Oklahoma.

The six weeks of classes run about $700.

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